Central Oregon firefighters responded to and contained several new fires Friday, more evidence that despite the heavy rain with this week's thunderstorms, the hundreds of lightning strikes ignited more blazes that could pop up in the new round of hot weather.
The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division is investigating the Oregon Department of Transportation following two separate incidents in which construction workers were killed on the job this week on northeast Oregon highway projects.
The city of Bend received word Wednesday from the U.S. Department of Justice that it has closed its files on enforcing a 10-year-old settlement agreement over violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. We talked Thursday with the city's accessibility manager and a disabled resident.
The evacuation levels have been reduced for the Bridge 99 Complex, officials said Friday. All evacuation Level II areas have been reduced to a Level I. All evacuation Level I areas have been eliminated. The Pacific Crest Trail is now open.
The Bend Park and Recreation District said Friday it has been awarded a $371,150 grant in support of enhancements to McKay Park on the Deschutes River, some tied to the nearby Colorado Dam Safe Passage Project.
Smoke alarms awakened a family of seven in a burning northeast Bend home early Friday morning, allowing them to escape unhurt from a fire that began in the garage and caused $75,000 damage, officials said.